BottledViolence wrote:There's a reason the point and click adventure game is a dead genre. They don't tell a story very well, they don't offer compelling gameplay, and the exploring aspect is even less exciting than in a walking simulator. They are a relic of a time when we were limited in the ability do any of those things. There is nothing an old game can do that a modern game can't, but there are countless things a modern game can do that a 20-30 year old game can't.
Modern games have a much bigger selection of ways to tell the story without resorting to countless lines of text. Voice acting is the most common, but as you mentioned, there are visual methods as well. I'm not saying you can't have a good game without resorting to massive amounts of text, but if you do, there should be a good reason for it.
So we can have exploration, we can have great puzzles, and we can have great voice acting with our immersive story all set in a beautifully rendered world.
*gasp* The point and click adventure genre died? Oh no! I guess someone forgot to tell all the developers who made the recent and upcoming titles. Perhaps I should inform the people who continue to play these newer adventure games that they need to cease their necromantic ways immediately. I mean, so what if there are more people playing adventure games now than there were during its golden age? If it can't keep pace with more popular genres with AAA juggernauts, I guess it doesn't deserve to exist. /sarcasm.
I'm not going to go on arguing with with you about whether this is or is not a good genre, lest I become like my brother who insisted I was WRONG for having the audacity to not like Pink Floyd. Opinions are subjective. You are, however, factually wrong about the genre being dead. It's less prominent now because it didn't grow at the same rate as other genres, not because it diminished into nothingness.
As I told Ahz, I'm not saying improvements haven't been made to gaming technology in general. Heck, my favorite adventure game of all time is the CD version of LOOM, which is essentially just the early 90's remake of the late 80's version with better graphics, sounds, and added voice acting. The Point and Click adventure genre evolved to take advantage of newer hardware, and became better as a result. That improvement was back in the 90's, and it didn't stop there.
But just because one thing is BETTER does not necessarily make another thing BAD. Even with games I did NOT play in my childhood (such as Call of Cthulhu: Shadow of the Comet, which I only played relatively recently), I can appreciate the craftsmanship that went into these early experiments with much more limited hardware. They were leaps forward and set the stage for what would be made later on. This isn't to say that all old games are or were good, nor that they are somehow better than modern games. I have played some old games that most certainly did NOT age well, in my opinion. But some of them, to some people, with and without nostalgia, can still be enjoyed today. Not in your case, apparently, but that's okay.